Welcome to St Germans Group Parish

Your Kingdom come.....Your will be done.

WE EXTEND A SPECIAL WELCOME to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy rich, comfortable or dirt poor.

We extend a special welcome to wailing babies and excited toddlers.

We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woken up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you are more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you are having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organised religion’. (We’re not too keen on it either!)

We offer a welcome to those who think that the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as kids or got lost on the coastal path and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters ….. and you!

Parish in Transition

In the absence of a parish priest, please contact:

Parish Wardens: Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

For weddings, baptisms, funerals and church services:  David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Children’s work: David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Messy Church: Evelyn Reed

For buildings and general parish enquiries: the Parish Wardens:   Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

For Safeguarding:  Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Pastoral Visitors Team:  Pat Paxton

Parish Giving Scheme and Finances: the Treasurer, Fiona Liddicoat

Electoral Roll: Brenda Daw

Enquiries about individual churches:

Downderry:  Steve Liddicoat

Hessenford: Fran Moore

St Germans: Richard Laugharne

Tideford: contact Parish Wardens

Hire and other info on St Germans Priory Church for events:

The St Germans Priory Trust:   www.stgermanspriory.info

Hire of the Church Hall in Hessenford:   http://www.4clubs.biz/timeslot/hessenford2/


The parish email address for all emails is:


They will be forwarded to the appropriate person.

Parish Phone 07557 302 255



~   December events in the Parish   ~


St Germans Group Parish and Methodist Christmas Services


Services in our Anglican Churches

 5th December           Wednesday

7.30pm   Service of Nine lessons and Carols  St Germans Priory Church

20th  December        Thursday  

7.30pm   Village Carols by Candlelight     St Nicolas Church, Downderry

24th December         Christmas Eve

6pm       Christingle      St Annes Church, Hessenford

11.15pm Midnight Mass    St Germans Priory Church

25th December       Christmas Day

9.30am   Eucharist       St Nicolas Church, Downderry

30th  December        1st Sunday of Christmas

11am      Service with Carols   St Lukes Church, Tideford


Services in the Methodist Chapels

9th December         Sunday

3.00 pm    Carol Service     The Methodist Chapel, St Germans

16th December        Sunday

4.00 pm    Carol Service     The Methodist Chapel, Downderry





Transition Update

no change from October’s update!

The Transition – and where we are in the appointment process…..

Time goes by and the process of the pastoral re-organisation that would see the parish of St Germans joined to the parishes of Antony and Sheviock continues to progress.
The second of the two processes that have to be completed before the re-organisation can take place is the public consultation, and this is now in progress.

The details for the consultation were duly received from the Church Commissioners and have been formally posted on all the church noticeboards as required. The consultation period ends on 31st December.
If there are no representations against it the Church Commissioners will then ‘make’ the
scheme and our understanding is that it would come into effect the month after it is made.

We must, however, be aware that any objections – from within our parish or any of the parishes affected – Torpoint, Sheviock, Antony, and the Rame benefice – is likely to cause significant delay and lengthen the Transition period. We pray this will not be the case!

Allowing for practical amounts of time for giving of notice, moving house and so on and all being well, we can hope to see the re-organisation taking place earlyish in 2019 and Rev Lynn Parker becoming our new minister – tentatively soon after Easter?

As part of the practical parts of the re-organisation we understand that the Diocese have given notice to the tenants in the vicarage in St Germans – another piece of the jigsaw.

Paul Gribble –Parish Warden

We ask for your prayers ……………….



Parish Lunches

The parish lunches take place weekly on Wednesdays at 12 noon in St Nicolas Church, Downderry.

All are welcome to come for a tasty three course meal, good company and fellowship 

Christmas Lunch

Wednesday 19th December at 12 noon

To book a seat and/or to offer your help, please contact Sandra:  smilestaylor@btconnect.com


January’s Coffee Morning  and Soup and Pud Lunch

 Saturday 19th November from 10.30am to 1.30pm

All in the parish and visitors are invited to coffee and lunch and to browse the local group and charity stalls.



Latest News

THE FOOD BANK – no change to the message – our help is needed

There are collecting boxes in all our four churches – please keep the contributions coming in………..

You will have read in the press that the need is greater than ever – so please keep the contributions coming in.

How can you help the Foodbank?     Currently (in mid December 2018) there are the following shortages:


PLEASE – no baked beans, pasta, soup, teabags or cereals – the Foodbank has PLENTY of these items.

However, money is becoming a continuing issue, and it is becoming a common problem throughout all of Cornwall’s Foodbanks.   All are having to react to an increase in demand; and although food is being donated in increasing volumes covering the demand, the costs related to sustaining larger Foodbanks is becoming a challenge. So, the real requirement now is cash.

If you could help through regular donations we would be extremely grateful. Setting up a Standing Order is ideal, but any donation would be wonderful. We can also take donations CAF and Stewardship schemes.

If you can help please contact the Liskeard & Looe Foodbank.

Tel: 07512 011452. email: liskeard.foodbank@gmail.com

Thank you for your support.





St Germans Priory Trust

If you would like to volunteer to help the Project in any way please visit our website at www.stgermanspriory.info  and let us know your contact details.

Board of Priory Trustees

  • Chair- Richard Laugharne
  • Vice Chair – Fiona Bristow
  • Secretary – Evelyn Reed
  • Support Officer – Jo Rimron
  • Malcolm Cross
  • Chris Bowditch,
  • Chris Cook
  • Bob Foulkes.

News Archives

St Germans, Hessenford, Downderry & Tideford Parish services


(9.30am  PCC meeting St Nicolas Church, Downderry)

2nd December Advent Sunday

11am Parish Eucharist  St Nicolas Church, Downderry

3rd December  Monday

6pm  Prayer Service. St Nicolas Church, Downderry

4th December Tuesday

9.30am Prayer Service  St Germans Priory Church

5th December  Wednesday

7.30pm   Service of Nine Lessons and Carols with the East Cornwall Bach Choir  at St Germans Priory Church

6th December  Thursday

9.30am Prayer Service  St Annes Church, Hessenford

9th December 2nd Sunday of Advent

9.30am. Morning Prayer  St Annes Church, Hessenford

11am Parish Praise St Germans Priory Church

10th December  Monday

6pm  Prayer Service. St Nicolas Church, Downderry

11th December  Tuesday

9.30am Prayer Service  St Germans Priory Church

13th December  Thursday  

9.30am Prayer Service  St Annes Church, Hessenford

16th December Parish Eucharist with Baptism

11am Eucharist  St Annes Church, Hessenford

17th December  Monday

6pm  Prayer Service. St Nicolas Church, Downderry

18th December  Tuesday

9.30am Prayer Service  St Germans Priory Church

20th December  Thursday  

9.30am Prayer Service  St Annes Church, Hessenford

7.30pm Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at St Nicolas Church, Downderry

23rd December  4th Sunday of Advent 

9.30am Morning Prayer St Nicolas Church, Downderry

11am Morning Prayer  St Germans Priory Church

24th December  Christmas Eve

6pm  Christingle Service   St Annes church, Hessenford

11.15pm  Midnight Mass   St Germans Priory Church

25th December Christmas Day

9.30am Christmas Eucharist   St Nicolas Church, Downderry

27th December  Thursday  

9.30am  Prayer Service  St Annes Church, Hessenford

30th December  1st Sunday of Christmas

11am   Parish Morning Prayer with Carols. St Luke’s Church, Tideford

30th December  Monday

6pm  Prayer Service. St Nicolas Church, Downderry

East Wivelshire

The area of the Diocese of Truro area is that of the county of Cornwall including the Isles of Scilly. It was formed on 15 December 1876 from the Archdeaconry of Cornwall in the Diocese of Exeter. It is therefore one of the younger dioceses.

The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries:

Rural deaneries

The names of the older deaneries (before 1875) are based on those of the ancient hundreds though the boundaries do not always correspond. The deaneries created in 1875 in the episcopate of Frederick Temple were Bodmin, Stratton, St Austell, and Carnmarth. These remained unchanged until Carnmarth was divided; later still in the 1980s some alterations of boundaries occurred. Chronological Sequence:

Estwevelsire, 1259; Estwyvelschyre, 1291; Estwevelschire, 1366; Easte, 1672; East, 1847, 1980; East Wivelshire, 1997, 2009.

St Germans Group Parish PCC as from May 2018

Permanent members of the PCC

The Vicar (position vacant)

LayChair –  Richard Laugharne

Secretary – Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Treasurer – Fiona Liddicoat

Parish Wardens:

Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

Church Stewards:

Downderry: Steve Liddicoat
Hessenford: Fran Moore
Tideford: Matt Frost
St Germans: Richard Laugharne

PCC members:

Downderry: Sue Booth; Andrew Pidgen, Jenny Daniels   Cashiers:  Tim Pullin and Sue Pidgen
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles,  Dawn Couling.  Cashier:  Fiona Bristow
St Germans: Chris Bowditch, Evelyn Reed.   Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford:  Hugh Parker.  Cashier: Ron Bradley

Deanery Synod Reps:

Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters. Bill Woods